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Consumers' Perception of Food-System Vulnerability to an Agroterrorist Attack

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  • Turvey, Calum G.
  • Onyango, Benjamin M.
  • Hallman, William K.
  • Condry, Sarah C.
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    This paper uses results from a 2004 survey (N=1,010) on consumer attitudes toward agroterrorism and food-system security to investigate heterogeneous attributes affecting vulnerability including risk perceptions and fear. Using 15 separate multinomial PROBIT regressions we distinguish between vulnerability on a number of aspects of food-system security including food type and position in the food-supply chain. Vulnerability is not found to be common across food groups or respondents, and a variety of distinguishing characteristics can be used to investigate how individuals might perceive vulnerability.

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    Article provided by Food Distribution Research Society in its journal Journal of Food Distribution Research.

    Volume (Year): 38 (2007)
    Issue (Month): 3 (November)
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    Handle: RePEc:ags:jlofdr:46588

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    Keywords: Agribusiness; Food Consumption/Nutrition/Food Safety;

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